Granny Got Her Gun

‘I killed my Grandson’ – First responders testify in Sandra Layne murder Trial


Day two of the Sandra Layne murder trial included testimony from four witnesses including police officers and a paramedic that arrived on the scene.

Layne, 74, is the grandmother accused of murdering her 17-year old grandson in the West Bloomfield house they shared.

The two officers that arrived first on the scene were David Curry and Patrick O’Rourke. Only Curry testified because O’Rourke was tragically killed in the line of duty in West Bloomfield in September.

Curry testified that he and O’Rourke heard two quick bursts of three gunshots at the scene and that he recovered Layne’s Glock 17 just inside the front door of the home. He testified that the gun could hold up to 18 rounds.

“I heard (Layne) say she shot her grandson, she killed her grandson, and she repeated that phrase several times,” Curry said.

“She had … quite a bit of blood on her hands.”

Officer Johnny Fedoronko then testified about the injuries he documented on Layne’s body. During opening statements defense attorney Jerome Sabbota argued that Hoffman kicked Layne in the chest which prompted her to shoot the teenager.

However, according to Fedoronko the only injuries he observed were what appeared to be an old bruise and a small partially healed “nick” on her hand. He also stated that he asked Layne twice if she had any injures that he could not see, and both times she said no.

Officer David St. Germaine then showed the jury video footage he took of the house which showed a trail of blood through most rooms in the house and bullet holes in the first-floor wall, Hoffman’s bedroom wall and a bathroom mirror.

Derek Hall, a paramedic for the West Bloomfield Fire Department, testified to the injuries sustained by Hoffman. He said he observed several bullet wounds in his chest and abdominal area and possibly a bullet that grazed Hoffman’s shoulder.

Earlier in the trial, 911 tapes were played that depicted the teen begging for help while gunshots rang out in the background. He reportedly could also be heard saying “my grandmother shot me.”

An autopsy revealed Hoffman was shot three times in the chest, once in the abdomen and once in his left arm.

Ryan Kerns, Esq. Wild About Trial
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